Kate Winslet shines in Wonder Wheel

Kate Winslet shines in Wonder Wheel but Justin Timberlake is woefully miscast

Now he might need to beam his films into outer space to find a receptive audience.

Wonder Wheel is his 49th film as a director and, with old sexual assault accusations resurfacing among the #MeToo’ protests, it is rumoured his 50th, A Rainy Day In New York, won’t be released. And there’s nothing remotely funny about this nasty, 1950s-set melodrama.

Justin Timberlake feels horribly miscast as Mickey, a Coney Island lifeguard and amateur playwright who starts an affair with Ginny (Kate Winslet), a desperately unhappy married waitress.

When Mickey falls for Ginny’s stepdaughter Carolina (Juno Temple), a torrid love triangle develops. 

Wonder Wheel looks great but leaves a bitter taste

Wonder Wheel looks great but its plot leaves a bitter aftertaste

If he doesn’t make his half century, it will be his own fault. I loved those early funny films too, but they feel more distant than ever.

Andy Lea

Winslet is excellent and the setting – Ginny like Alvy Singer in Annie Hall, lives in the middle of the Coney Island theme park – gives Apocalypse Now cinematographer Vittorio Storaro a golden opportunity to shoot in the garish palette of 1950s Technicolor.

It looks great but the stagey dialogue grates and the plot leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Up until now, most reviewers have generously avoided Allen’s personal life and the controversy surrounding his marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his ex-wife Mia Farrow.

Now Allen has faced his critics head on, this is impossible.

If he doesn’t make his half century, it will be his own fault. I loved those early funny films too, but they feel more distant than ever.

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